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Sexual Assault Amanda Mathisen Stylianou, MSW, LCSW Rutgers University March 4, 2011


How Much Do You Know About Sexual Assault? A True-False Quiz 1. Rape is about sexual gratification. 2. Sex crimes, including sexual harassment and frottage, are crimes of passion or desire. 3. Men can be sexually assaulted. 4. Most sexual assaults are interracial – the perpetrator and victim are different races. 5. Rapes are rarely reported to the police. 6. The way a woman is dressed or the fact that she is drunk is often why she is raped. 7. Sexual offenders are many times known by the victim. 8. Spouses cannot sexually assault each other. 9. Victims who have been sexually assaulted may be very calm and controlled. 10. The culture of violence that we live in contributes to sexual violence. 11. Men can’t help themselves. Once they are sexually aroused, they cannot stop. 12. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual assault. 13. Only gay men are raped, and they are only raped by other gay men. 14. Weapons, including guns, knives and fists, are often used to intimidate sexual assault victims. www.ncdsv.org


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Sexual Assault is the second most common violent crime committed on college campuses Alcohol involved in 74% Most victims of campus sexual violence are full time students. 1/3 are first-year students between the ages of 17-20 84% know their attackers 57% happen on what might be called a date. More occur on campus then in off campus housing.


One Study (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)  Surveyed

over 4,000 college students from a nationally representative sample  2.8% of college women experienced an attempted or completed rape within the past 7 months  When translated means 4.9% of college women for a full year and potentially one-fifth to one-fourth of all women during their four-to-five year college careers experience an attempted or completed rape



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